Pip is a local vegan athlete based in Queensland and I fell in love with her instagram account as her adventures are so motivating. Plus she has an awesome dog too who pops up regularly!! The achievements that Pip has accomplished just blow me away. She is an amazing inspiration for anyone that wants to turn their life around. I hope that she inspires you too.
How Long have you been Vegan?
What made you decide to become vegan?
I originally went plant based approximately 18 months ago and then very quickly transitioned to living a vegan life.
I initially looked at going plant based due to some local triathletes that I am fortunate enough to know. I was looking for an edge in racing and have always been very wishy-washy with my diet and the effect I thought it would have on my training.
The more I read and watched the easier the transition was….…I literally did this overnight. I was a massive sugar and fatty food addict!!
What difference have you noticed with your training or lifestyle?
I find now that I take pleasure in preparing meals for myself, my husband and any friends who are interested in trying different options.
I’m very fortunate in that from the moment I embraced this life -my husband did as well.
I no longer have the 3pm sugar cravings any longer, and if I am ever tempted to stray I just make the connection to why I did this in the first place. I have loved researching what I can and cannot have during training. I can honestly say I will never ever return to my previous lifestyle where I ate food at the expense of others.
Tell us about your chosen sport and training. What does it involve?
I have only recently retired from triathlon, having raced at all distances right up to Ultraman. I am now putting all my energy into trail and ultra running. So currently I am running four times per week, with one recovery swim, two strength sessions and 4-6 yoga classes.
Tell us about some of your achievements to date?
I have been fortunate to have some great results and a lot of fun along the way.
Probably my proudest result was being the first female home at the inaugural Ultraman Australia.
I have qualified and raced Kona twice.
I love getting in and giving it a red hot go.
My biggest achievement to date is actually going vegan…corny but true.
How do family and friends react to your vegan lifestyle?
To be honest its a mixed bag. Everyone has a joke or a dig about what we eat…..but our conscience is clear. I know it probably frustrates my husband more than me now. But on the whole we try not to preach and expect the same in return.
How do you promote your vegan lifestyle?
Leading by example, and if people are interested I am more than happy to chat and share information.
What do you eat in a typical day?
In the morning prior to training I have a fresh green juice, with celery, cucumber, spinach, ginger, turmeric, kiwifruit, and lemon or lime.
For breakfast normally its a homemade bircher with oats, cranberries, sultanas, apple and coconut water topped with seasonal fruit and coconut yoghurt.
Lunch is a variety, sometimes acai bowl, salad bowl or a tofu wrap.
Dinner…anything from tacos, to bolognaise, to vegetable pizzas…anything a meat eater eats we have been able to develop it to suit us…..I’m fortunate in that my husband is a chef!
What is your favourite food or recipe?
Is coffee a food ?! 🙂
Most defiantly an Acai bowl…love them
What advice would you give to people thinking of going vegan?
Do your research so that you are prepared for it. Talk to other vegans…I’m pretty sure we are all open to helping anyone make the transition…there is heaps of great documentaries out there to watch: Forks over Knives, Conspiracy…etc
What events or other exciting things do you have planned in the next 12 months?
Surf Coast Century in September next year is the goal then hopefully followed the year after with UTA100. Probably a lot of other smaller races in there as well…just have to decide on what:)
What do you do outside of sport/training for fun?
We are living on a property and currently landscaping it..so that takes up a lot of time….we also have a Saint Bernard rescue dog…who is well, lets say clingy:)
I also love disappearing into a great autobiography
Who are your biggest motivators in life?
Easy…my husband. He has stood by me and from the moment we met he has encouraged me that I can achieve anything. He is the nicest person I know!
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Don’t ever stop trying to improve yourself…take it from someone who was a big smoker for 20 years, a heavy drinker and over weight. Challenge yourself day in and day out to be the best version of you!
Don’t compare to others be you…you are wonderful and unique.
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Thank you so much Pip. Keep an eye out on the blog every Fitness Friday for more vegan athletes. There’s only a few more weeks left and a couple of spots left. If you know anyone that would like to take part, please get them to contact me here